Dream Catcher Recipient Doug Hall
There is a long-standing love affair between the artist Doug Hall and the Woodland Indians of the Eastern part of the United States. This love affair has resulted in Mr. Hall catching on canvas, for our enjoyment, the everyday events of these noble people.
It seems as if the dreams caught long ago in the dream catchers of the Ojibwa/Chippewa tribe have held through the annals of time and painter Doug Hall has become the recipient of these dreams.
It was the Ojibwa tribe of the Woodland Indians that originally created the dream catcher/dream snare. The dream catcher was traditionally used to protect the sleeping individual from negative dreams, while the positive dreams flow through the hole in the middle, sliding down the feathers onto the sleeping individual, while the negative dreams are caught in the web/net and expire when the first ray of the sun hit them.
When creating a dream catcher, the maker begins to string the web from the outside edges of the teardrop shaped, willow hoop and weave until there is only a hole in the middle. Doug Hall takes his blank canvas and starts from the outside and weaves a picture of these illustrious Woodlands Indians leaving a glimpse of time.
Love shown in details
The love is shown in the great attention given to detail: the mohawk hair style, the expressive headdress that the tribes used to identify themselves. (example: The Pequot tribe wore a guhsto-wa/real hat with three eagle feathers standing straight up). The symbolism of the condition of the feathers. (example: if a feather was split it meant that the warrior was wounded in battle).
The canvas’ come alive as the animals, trees, water, flowers, colors and expressions are added, it is then that the Woodland people come to life. These Indians lived near forests, lakes and streams. On the canvas’ notice the bark and branches on the trees, the rocks in the stream, the light shining through the trees, the body paint, clothing, tools and the wild flowers. Capturing these crossroads in time is a consuming process, but the results are awe-inspiring.
Doug Hall's Log Cabin Gallery
If you would like to get a glimpse of these award winning paintings by Doug Hall. Doug Hall’s Log Cabin Gallery is now opened to the public. It is located three miles south of Neosho, Missouri on Highway 59. The gallery will be open late afternoon and early evenings or by appointment.
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